Smithtown East girls varsity volleyball defeated the Patchogue-Medford Raiders in three straight sets Saturday afternoon at Smithtown East High School.
The game looked like it was going to be a close match with East edging out Pat-Med for the win in the first set, 25-21. But close matches would not become a trend as East won the second set 25-12, and continued on to win the game with a third straight set of either 25-12 or 25-10.
The score in the third set was not clear as the official score and the score on the scoreboard differed several times during the match. This led to an anti-climatic ending when East scored the set winning point without an updating scoreboard or announcement from the referee that the serve counted as game point.
“Unfortunately we weren’t able to sustain that level of play throughout the match, Smithtown East was a great team and a tough opponent,” Carrie Gangl, the Raiders coach, said referencing the first set. “Rebecca Gordon rose to the occasion and played well into the stretch.”
Smithtown East coach George Alamia will have his team play against West Islip on Tuesday.
“Overall the team was focused all year round and that really showed in game two and three," Alamia said.
Browse the photos for highlights from the match.